Windsor juniors top Clayton

Published 2:09 pm Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WENDELL – The Windsor Rebels junior American Legion baseball team picked up their first conference win of the young season 5-4 here Sunday when they scored early and held off a late rally by Clayton Post-71.

Trenton White with Wood Trowell behind the plate as backstop combined for a five-hitter while White also drove in a pair of runs. Evan Wells came on to get the save, pitching to just one batter for the last out.

“I thought Trenton and Wood were a really good battery,” said Windsor coach Bobby Harmon. “His pitch count was getting up, so Evan came in and got us the final out.  I like the way we hit the ball and moved runners.  I thought it was a good performance.”

Windsor’s Zeb Askew went 2-for-4 and drove in a run May 21 as Post 37’s junior American Legion team swept a double-header against Clayton Post-71 in Wendell. | Staff Photo / Gene Motley

Zeb Askew led things off in the top of the first inning with a solid line shot to centerfield. After he was sacrificed to second base, Alden Cottle smacked his third double in his last two games to score Askew with the game’s first run and Windsor led it 1-0 after a half-inning of baseball.

The Rebels turned it up in the second as Brandon Ball got a lead-off single and moved to second when Lane Slachta reached on an error. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice and the bases were loaded when Luther Glover drew a walk. Ball then scored on Askew’s groundout with the first Windsor run; and Slachta and Glover scored on White’s triple to centerfield. Post-37 had built a 4-0 lead.

Clayton got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second and pulled within a run in the bottom of the third when they plated a couple more to make it 4-3, Windsor.

The Rebels got some insurance in the top of the fourth when James Brooks walked, was sacrificed to second and reached third when Askew got a base-hit. White followed and reached on an error that allowed Brooks to score. Cottle then walked to load the bases, but Clayton pitched out of the jam and it was 5-3, Windsor, after three-and-a-half.

In the bottom of the sixth, Clayton once more pulled within one as a single and a double produced a run to make it 5-4, Rebels.

White then got the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh before Harmon called in Wells to extinguish the fire and Windsor had its first win of the season.

The Rebels (1-1) picked up their first conference win with the victory. They then played a second game (non-conference) game with Post-71.